PRAGUE—Agency leaders Harris Diamond, Richard Edelman and Miles Young will be among the headline speakers at The Holmes Report’s first ThinkTank Live conference, which will take place on the day of the 2011 EMEA SABRE Awards dinner in Prague, May 18.
The conference will focus on The Changing Relationship Between Public Relations and Marketing as a result of the growing influence of social media. Participants from the advertising and public relations business, and from in-house marketing and corporate communications roles, will discuss whether PR has the potential and the people to take a more central role in marketing, and whether blurring of the lines between corporate reputation and brand image will lead to a restructuring of communications roles inside organizations.
Says Paul Holmes, “For many years, the SABRE events have provided a great celebration of the PR industry, but a portion of our audience has been asking for something more substantial—an opportunity to learn from top professionals about the big issues impacting the public relations business. This conference will provide such an opportunity, looking at one of the major changes that will shape the future of our profession.”
Among the confirmed speakers:
· · Harris Diamond is CEO of the Constituency Management Group of the Interpublic Group of Companies, which includes firms specialized in public relations, public affairs, sports and entertainment marketing, corporate/brand identity and experiential marketing. He is also chief executive officer of global public relations firm Weber Shandwick.
· Richard Edelman is the president and CEO of Edelman, world's largest independent public relations firm with more than 3,100 employees in 54 offices worldwide.
· Miles Young was named global CEO of The Ogilvy Group in 2008, after previously serving as chairman of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide in the Asia Pacific region. Young previously held positions at Lintas and Allen Brady & Marsh before joining Ogilvy & Mather in 1983.